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An adventure cruise-ship in the southern hemisphere carrying a full-time helicopter exploring multiple countries including Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. With endless activities join True North for the adventure of a lifetime!

Life on-board the TRUE NORTH is certainly comfortable and stylish. The high crew to guest ratio (22:36) enables us to provide personal service and attention to detail. The ship offers 3 levels of spacious cabin and we enjoy a revered reputation for dining. And we have been doing this a long time - all the bits and pieces are exactly where they should be and certainly our guests do fall in love with the TRUE NORTH – they very quickly determine that she is purpose built for what she does and that they could not be doing what they are doing and, seeing what they are seeing if they were not on the TRUE NORTH; but she is, with equal certainty, not the focus of what we do!

But we are not finished there – we are also carrying 6 x adventure boats – which means we can take our guests away in small groups to explore even further afield and, the luxury of so many boats also means that if someone wants to go fishing, not everybody has to go fishing, we can offer different activities at the same time.


And, the TRUE NORTH is also the only adventure-cruise ship in the southern hemisphere that carries a fulltime helicopter – adding another dimension to the adventure!

Explorer Class Stateroom

Upper deck Explorer Class air conditioned cabins feature a king size double (that can be converted to singles) and a twin basin en-suite. Cabin size is 15 square metres.

  • Upper Deck
  • King Size Double or Twin
  • En-suite
  • Large Panoramic Window
  • Fridge
  • In-cabin entertainment
  • Satellite Phone

Ocean Class Twin

Lower deck air conditioned Ocean Class cabins feature roomy singles and en-suite. Cabin size is approximately 12 square metres.

  • Single twin beds
  • Portholes
  • In-cabin entertainment
  • Satellite Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • En-suite

River Class Double

Middle deck River Class air conditioned cabins feature a king size double (that can be converted to singles) and en-suite. Cabin size is similar to Explorer Class.

  • Air conditioning
  • En-suite
  • King size double or Twin
  • Middle deck
  • Panoramic windows
  • In-cabin entertainment
  • Satellite Telephone

Route Options

West Coast Explorer (10 nights)
PERTH (Fremantle) – DAMPIER

Day One - The Houtman Abrolhos are a chain of 122 islands and associated coral reefs lying some eighty kilometres due west of Geraldton. Stretch your wings early and join a heli-flight featuring stunning reef formations and intriguing island communities. Or join a snorkelling tender - shallow inshore lagoons provide comfortable snorkelling midst colourful coral and a myriad of fish species. Curious sea lions frequently join in the fun.

Day Two - Go ashore at Beacon Island and see a remarkably preserved canon lying in shallow water. Visit Long Island.

Day Three - Join the adventure boats for a day of fishing, snorkelling and diving.
Nearby Fish Point has been known to produce coral trout in shallow water and we know some spots out- wide that are pretty reliable when it comes to fine eating species such as jewfish.
Fish Point and the Turtle Bay shallows are also perfect for an easy snorkel and dive sites in the area include "Planet Channel" and other spots that feature some excellent overhangs and caves.
Step ashore at West Wallaby Island for a glimpse of the reclusive tamar wallaby and join our guides for a scenic walk amongst the ruins of Wiebbe Hayes’ rudimentary 'forts'.

Day Four - Start the day with an exhilarating hike to Steep Point – the western most edge of the Australian continent.
Steep Point is part of the Shark Bay World Heritage area and is widely regarded as one of the finest land- based game fishing locations in the world.
South Passage is another hot-spot for those keen on fishing and hopefully the divers will see the giant gropers that frequent “Monkey Rock”.

Day Five - This morning the TRUE NORTH will cruise to Cape Inscription on the northern tip of Dirk Hartog Island. The fishing and snorkelling tenders will be away again and there will also be an opportunity for a dive on the western side of the Cape.

Day Six - Ningaloo Reef is one of West Australia’s most popular tourist destinations and as soon as you step onto one of its brilliant white beaches you will see why! Stunning fish and corals occur within metres of the shoreline - no special skills needed here - just a mask will reveal all in swimming pool like conditions!
The reef is 260 km long and is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef and the only large reef positioned very close to a landmass. The reef is less than half a kilometre offshore in some areas.
In 1987 the reef and surrounding waters were designated as a marine park. Although most famed for its whale sharks, the reef is also rich in coral and other marine life. The reef is included in the migratory routes of dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and humpback whales. The adjacent beaches are also important rookeries for loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles. They also depend on the reef for nesting and food. Ningaloo supports an abundance of fish (500 species), corals (300 species), molluscs (600 species) and many other marine invertebrate. In 2006, researchers discovered gardens of sponges that are thought to be species completely new to science.
The day will be spent discovering the many bays and shallow inner reef areas of this acclaimed coral habitat. We’ll also squeeze in some light game fishing for the tenacious mackerel and visit the settlement at Coral Bay.

Day Seven - Wake this morning somewhere completely different - the intriguing Montebello Islands.
The Montes are an archipelago of 174 small islands lying 130 kilometres off the Pilbara coast of north- western Australia.

Day Eight - The ship’s helicopter will again provide a unique perspective whilst the snorkellers and divers hunt for giant crayfish.
After lunch perhaps there will be an opportunity to stalk the mangroves for a Montes mud crab and not forgetting an island favourite – the delectable whiting might also make it to the menu.
Spend the afternoon on the beach or head out for another dive – the Montes will live up to its reputation as island paradise!

Day Nine - Today we cruise the magnificent Dampier Archipelago. The Archipelago was formed 6000 years ago when coastal plains were flooded by rising sea levels. The area’s rock formations where formed in the Archaean period and are thought to be amongst the oldest on earth. It is a significant place for Indigenous Australians and is well known for rock art and other cultural and ceremonial sites.
It is also a place where the endeavours of tens of thousands of years collide with a multi-billion dollar resource industry! Nearby are rich reserves of natural gas, petroleum and iron ore. And our last opportunity for ‘fun in the sun’ lies in this strange twist of bedfellows – such is the interest in this area that much has been done to preserve the conservation and recreation values of the Archipelago.
Despite proximity to one of Australia’s largest ports we will find stunning prospects for our now familiar West Coast agenda.
Make the most of your last day onboard with nonstop fishing, snorkelling, diving, beachcombing and scenic tender rides!

Day Ten - With a vast and remarkable coast now discovered in style, it's time for your early-morning disembarkation and transfer to Karratha.

Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) ROWLEY SHOALS – BROOME

Your "welcome aboard" the luxurious TRUE NORTH is in the frontier pearling port of Broome. Embarkation is at 1700 - time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before departing at approximately 1800. Dinner is served shortly after leaving port and then it’s an overnight steam to the Rowley Shoals.
(Please note that True North Adventure Cruises visits the Rowley Shoals only during the months of September, October and November. These months are normally associated with "the doldrums" - a period of light winds and calm seas. In addition, the TRUE NORTH is fitted with computer controlled motion stabilisers that minimise vessel movement. Passengers can therefore anticipate comfortable conditions when cruising to the Shoals - however observing the normal precautions associated with the prevention of seasickness is always recommended.)

Day One - We arrive early at Clerke Reef. Sample our fruit platter and a sumptuous breakfast before exploring the atoll's huge lagoon. You will marvel at crystal clear waters teaming with life - clouds of fish and corals of every imaginable colour and shape. There will be plenty of opportunity for beach combing on Bedwell Island, relaxed snorkelling in tropical waist deep water or perhaps some "catch and release" lagoon fishing using eco-friendly tackle. Day Two - Start the day with a visit to the Aquarium! Forget the Great Barrier Reef - this is world-class snorkelling at its very best! Even if you’ve never put your head under water before - this is an absolute must. The water is only waist deep however the experience is literally “out of this world”! Brilliantly coloured corals, giant clams and more than 600 of the world’s most beautiful fish species at your fingertips! Don’t forget your underwater camera! After another sumptuous lunch try an introductory SCUBA dive or hand feed maori wrasse and potato cod from TRUE NORTH’s back steps! Then we’ll "crank up the action" with something very unique - high-speed snorkel drifts through the outer reef!

Day Three - Another day in paradise - perhaps an early morning swim and breakfast on the deck before we manoeuvre TRUE NORTH out of the lagoon. Now it’s time to experience the thrill of snorkelling from a 50 metre cruise boat - our captain will “back-up” to within inches of the reef and all you need to do is step off TRUE NORTH’s convenient rear steps! Outer reef snorkelling is a totally different experience - the sheer coral walls will take your breath away! Close encounters with humpback whales, manta rays and sailfish are also on the agenda as we cruise the outer reef. Finish the day with sunset drinks on the beach and one of our famous Island Parties! Then it’s back to the ultimate comfort of TRUE NORTH and another perfect night in Clerke Lagoon - 360° stars reflected in a glassy ocean!

Day Four - Start the day with an early morning stroll on your very own sand cay before we enjoy a leisurely cruise to Mermaid Reef - the Rowley’s northern-most atoll. By now you will be addicted to snorkelling on the outer reef and your wish is our command! We’ll spend the day exploring the outer reef of this remote and untouched wilderness - highlights will include face to face encounters with the curious residents of the Cod Hole and, the mesmerising depths of the Northern Wall. Then all too soon, it’s time for our overnight steam to Broome. Re-live what is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime as the Rowleys merge into a blazing western sky! Join the crew at the Captain’s Party and then enjoy “the best sleep of your life”.

Day Five - Early morning arrival in Broome in time to disembark at 0800 hours. Transfer to the airport or your accommodation.

Sydney Rocks – New Year Spectacular (4 nights)
SYDNEY – HAWKESBURY – SYDNEY

Day One (New Year's Eve)
Visit Sydney’s famed Taronga Zoo or take-off in the helicopter for a scenic flight over the harbour. The adventure-boats will tour past Bradleys Head, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Kirribilli House and onto Woolloomooloo. Hop-off to walk through the Botanical Gardens before taking-in the sights at Rushcutters Bay and Elizabeth Bay.

Cruise onto Rose Bay and take a stroll up to The Gap and the Hornsby Lighthouse. Then return to the TRUE NORTH and one of Sydney’s best vantages to witness the Harbour Bridge fireworks display – Happy New Year!

Day Two - Enjoy breakfast in the beautiful surrounds of Pittwater. Morning activities will include a walk to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, perhaps a little beachcombing and, a scenic cruise past the Pittwater yacht clubs before the TRUE NORTH enters the tranquil waters of the Hawkesbury River. There may also be a chance to walk from Longnose Point to Flint and Steel Bay through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park – Australia’s second oldest national park.
A helicopter flight to the Hunter Valley and a wine tasting at our feature winery is sure to be a cruise highlight!

Day Three - Wake up to the shrill of the Jerusalem Bay cicadas and then join our local guide as we explore beautiful Cowen Creek. Stand in the very spot the Constitution of Australia was written and see the rock art of those who came before! Enjoy a refreshing swim at one of the Creek’s many sheltered beaches and rinse-off under a waterfall!
Whilst you are enjoying lunch, the TRUE NORTH will cruise to Middle Harbour before slipping through the narrow channel at Split Bridge and into delightful Bantry Bay. As the sun starts to set over mangrove-lined waters, join an infamous TRUE NORTH ‘raft-up’ and then it’s back on-board for another cruise highlight – dance the night away with our live band!

Day Four - The TRUE NORTH will cruise back into Sydney Harbour for an early morning disembarkation.

Southern Safari (8 nights) ADELAIDE – CEDUNA/ADELAIDE

Day One - Our comfortable coach will collect you from the doorstep of our partner hotel and deliver you to the foothills of Adelaide. Together with stunning views of the city, Penfolds’ Magill Estate also offers breathtaking views of its vines - the perfect setting to immerse one’s self in Australia’s most iconic wine label!

Day Two - Get up close and personal with giant southern bluefin tuna – one of the fastest fish in the sea! Or take advantage of the undersea observatory and enjoy a spectacle of Australian marine life without getting wet. There will also be opportunity to take a stroll around the charming township of Victor Harbour.
This afternoon we will explore Kangaroo Island’s stunning Dudley Peninsula. The True North will anchor in picturesque Redhouse Bay before the adventure boats depart for an afternoon of sightseeing, beach combing or fishing for the highly prized King George whiting.

Day Three - Kangaroo Island - one of the earth’s last unspoilt refuges! Much of the island’s native bushland remains undisturbed and more than a third of the island has been set aside for conservation. And the ‘locals’ include some of Australia’s most distinctive identities – koalas, platypi, echidnas, sea lions, penguins, goannas, kangaroos and wallabies.

Day Four - Today we explore Kangaroo’s stunning north coast – where farmlands roll onto sandy coves.
Visit Emu Bay, Stokes Bay, Cape Dutton and Cape Forbes. Fill your day with snorkelling, beach combing and close encounters with seals and dolphins. Fishing for ‘monster’ whiting will also be popular!

Day Five - Have you ever wanted to cage dive with great white sharks – well this could be the opportunity that you have been waiting for! Join our experienced local operator for a once in a lifetime opportunity to see huge white sharks up close and in their natural environment. (Option B available)

Day Six - Activities on land. Day Seven - Welcome to the Pearson Islands – remote islands on South Australia’s west coast that have changed little since they were first discovered by Matthew Flinders in 1802. They are well known for producing giant whiting however big Australian salmon and flathead are also common inshore. Out in the deep, snapper, blue groper, bluefin and kingies will challenge the most determined angler! Explore the islands, have a swim on one of the many inviting beaches or visit the local seal colonies. And for a cruise highlight - join our local ranger for a hike to the top of the island. Rated 10/10 in difficulty, this walk is not for the faint hearted however the striking views are well worth the effort! At night the seals are known for catching fish attracted by the ship’s lights.

Day Eight - The picturesque township of Streaky Bay is situated on the western coast of the Eyre Peninsula. Morning activities include a visit to the National Trust Museum – discover the fascinating history of pioneering families and the sailing exploration of the area. Or jump-in an adventure boats and set off in search of the revered blue manna crab!
This afternoon we visit the Franklin Islands. The islands feature many sheltered bays – home to countless shearwaters that nest in shallow burrows. Spend the afternoon exploring, fishing, snorkelling and diving as you prepare for your last night on-board the magnificent TRUE NORTH.

Day Nine - Early morning disembarkation in Smoky Bay followed by a short (30 minute) bus transfer to Ceduna and light aircraft transfer to Adelaide.

Adventure South West (7 nights) PERTH / ESPERANCE - PERTH

Day One - On arrival, we will transfer you to the on-board luxury of the TRUE NORTH and the delights of our renowned galley.

Day Two - Middle Island is the largest of more than 100 islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago, a chain of islands stretching 230km from Esperance to the Great Australian Bight. Go ashore to visit pristine Lake Hillier, first discovered in 1802 by Matthew Flinders who took samples from the lake and mentioned its existence in his journal. Lake Hillier will delight your eye, the contrast between the pink hue of the lake and royal blues of the Southern Ocean is simply striking.
Enjoy a delectable lunch as TRUE NORTH cruises to Woody Island. The island is named for its towering tall trees, a rare sight in this Archipelago. Wander along one of the islands many walking trails and enjoy close encounters with curious birds and lazy lizards or take a plunge into the crystal-clear waters of Shearwater Bay and explore the marine life on the interpretive snorkel trail. The adventure boats will also be standing-by for guests who would like to wet a line!

Day Three - The Bremer Bay deep sea canyon lies 70 kilometres off the small town of Bremer Bay. The discovery of this biological hotspot is relatively new, with marine scientists first visiting the site only a few years ago. During a short period over summer, a cold, salty current flows from the Antarctic, filling the canyon with nutrient filled water. This phenomenon attracts one of the Southern Hemispheres biggest seasonal populations of killer whales along with sharks, dolphins, sperm whales and giant squid. Make your way to the bow of TRUE NORTH for some optimal viewing!
Our afternoon anchorage will be in the turquoise waters of Bremer Bay, this area is renowned for having some of the most beautiful, pristine white, beaches in the world. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach, swimming, snorkelling or fishing!

Day Four - Sample our fruit platter and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before exploring the town of Albany. The town is the oldest colonial settlement in Western Australia, predating Perth and the port of Fremantle by more than two years. Albany is well known for being the departure point of troop convoys bound for the First World War in December 1914. Join a town tour to discover it’s fascinating Aboriginal and European history and, visit the National ANZAC centre, honouring Australia and New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War.
There will also be opportunity to visit the town’s historic Whaling Station - explore a historically preserved whale processing factory and whale chasing ship, the only experience of its kind in the world. Alternatively, join our knowledgeable guides for a fishing session targeting species including herring, King George whiting, flathead, cobbler & pink snapper.

Day Five - This morning we wake in picturesque Hamelin Bay. Be amongst the first on deck and join an early morning fishing expedition in one of the adventure boats or, join a shore party and meet the curious local stingrays who congregate along the water’s edge to feed off scraps left by fisherman. The combination of friendly stingrays, plus the interesting fish and plant life in the bay make it an excellent snorkelling location.
Afterwards, join a tour of the world-renowned Margaret River wine region. Sit back, relax and enjoy the informative commentary aboard our luxury coach while we guide you along the south west wine trail to culinary heaven! An exquisite lunch will showcase the finest of Margaret River’s local farm produce and fresh seafood harvested from the area’s pristine ocean.

Day Six - Begin the day with a leisurely walk around the rugged coast of Cape Naturaliste, these walking tracks are some of the very best in the Margaret River region, offering breath-taking views. The adventure boats will depart for a scenic meander along the coastline, be sure to keep your eye out for a local colony of New Zealand fur seals. Hopefully the keen fishers will continue to delight our chefs with an abundance of freshly caught fare! How about a visit to the settlement of Dunsborough - this is one of the state's favourite seaside resorts.
In the afternoon the TRUE NORTH will shift anchorage to Eagle Bay. This long stretch of white sandy beach skirts stunning azure water and has a Mediterranean feel - without the crowds and paparazzi! Enjoy a cool beverage and hors d'oeuvres on the beach as we drink-in a blazing West Aussie sunset!

Day Seven - Have you ever dreamed of swimming with wild dolphins? Experience an exhilarating and unique wildlife encounter that will stay with you forever. With all equipment provided (including wetsuits), interact with these fascinating creatures amongst the sheltered waters of Rockingham and its nearby islands.
Then we’re off to Rottnest Island! A protected nature reserve, its home to the quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial often famed for posing in ‘selfies’ with celebrity visitors! There will be plenty of opportunities for beach combing, relaxed snorkelling in waist deep water or perhaps spend some more quality time in search of the catch of the day! The SCUBA divers on-board will enjoy the warm waters of the Leeuwin Current and explore reefs that host a variety of corals and fish, unique swim throughs and caves.

Day Eight - With a vast and remarkable coast now discovered in style, it's time for your early-morning disembarkation in the port city of Fremantle.

Vessel Details

Year Built / Refurbished 2005
Length & Width 50m
Speed 14 knots
Dive Tenders & Zodiacs 6 (3x150hp + 3 x 115hp)
Equipment Rental Dive and activity equipment
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Available Experiences

ITINERARIES AVAILABLE IN THIS DESTINATION

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Cod Hole

Queensland, Australia

The Cod Hole is famous for its huge potato cods; they grow up to 3 meters. Here you can enjoy watching your dive master feeding the cods with fresh pilchards in front of your face! If feeding fish is not your favourite activity watch the whole spectacle from some distance. Here divers can also see how some big fish like barracudas are standing by in the back to wait for left over of the feeding. There are also beautiful coral and large schools of the beautiful yellow sweet lip fish.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 17m

Ningaloo Reef

Western Australia, Australia

Ningaloo Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve (formerly Ningaloo Marine Park) is also very impressive. One of the worlds largest fringe reefs, it is Australian’s second largest reef and is just slightly smaller than the Belize Barrier Reef system.

  • Min Dives: 10
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
7 Sep 2019
12 Sep 2019
10 Nights Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) Explorer Class Stateroom £4797
7 Sep 2019
12 Sep 2019
10 Nights Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) River Class Double £4797
7 Sep 2019
12 Sep 2019
10 Nights Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) Ocean Class Twin £4797
12 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
5 Nights Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) Explorer Class Stateroom £4797
12 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
5 Nights Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) River Class Double £4292
12 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
5 Nights Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) Ocean Class Twin £3181
30 Dec 2019
3 Jan 2020
4 Nights Sydney Rocks – New Year Spectacular (4 nights) Explorer Class Stateroom £4797
30 Dec 2019
3 Jan 2020
4 Nights Sydney Rocks – New Year Spectacular (4 nights) River Class Double £4797
30 Dec 2019
3 Jan 2020
4 Nights Sydney Rocks – New Year Spectacular (4 nights) Ocean Class Twin £4797
11 Jan 2020
19 Jan 2020
8 Nights Southern Safari (8 nights) Explorer Class Stateroom £4797
11 Jan 2020
19 Jan 2020
8 Nights Southern Safari (8 nights) River Class Double £4797
11 Jan 2020
19 Jan 2020
8 Nights Southern Safari (8 nights) Ocean Class Twin £4797
23 Jan 2020
30 Jan 2020
7 Nights Adventure South West (7 nights) Ocean Class Twin £4797
23 Jan 2020
30 Jan 2020
7 Nights Adventure South West (7 nights) River Class Double £4797
23 Jan 2020
30 Jan 2020
7 Nights Adventure South West (7 nights) Explorer Class Stateroom £4797
5 Mar 2020
15 Mar 2020
10 Nights West Coast Explorer (10 nights) Ocean Class Twin £9597
5 Mar 2020
15 Mar 2020
10 Nights West Coast Explorer (10 nights) River Class Double £11619
5 Mar 2020
15 Mar 2020
10 Nights West Coast Explorer (10 nights) Explorer Class Stateroom £13134
5 Sep 2020
10 Sep 2020
5 Nights Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) River Class Double £4545
5 Sep 2020
10 Sep 2020
5 Nights Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) Ocean Class Twin £3383
5 Sep 2020
10 Sep 2020
5 Nights Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) Explorer Class Stateroom £5050
10 Sep 2020
15 Sep 2020
5 Nights Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) Explorer Class Stateroom £5050
10 Sep 2020
15 Sep 2020
5 Nights Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) Ocean Class Twin £3383
10 Sep 2020
15 Sep 2020
5 Nights Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) River Class Double £4545
30 Dec 2020
3 Jan 2021
4 Nights Sydney Rocks – New Year Spectacular (4 nights) Explorer Class Stateroom £4797
30 Dec 2020
3 Jan 2021
4 Nights Sydney Rocks – New Year Spectacular (4 nights) River Class Double £4797
30 Dec 2020
3 Jan 2021
4 Nights Sydney Rocks – New Year Spectacular (4 nights) Ocean Class Twin £4797